We also visited Yekaterinburg during my TransSib trip, another World Cup host city.
It was a pretty and small town. I'm not as in love with the Romanovs as they are.
One of the things that's easy to forget in this crazy world is that Russia is a diverse and rich place filled with lots of people just living their lives. Going to Russia and seeing a lot of the country showed me that. Never forget that people aren't their politics and that we have more in common than that separates us.